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Giving Girls a Playbook for Gender Equity On and Off the Field

The U.S. women’s national soccer team is racking up goals in France, hurtling past its opponents, and heading toward a record fourth World Cup victory on July 7. The team also faces the formidable opponent of gender inequity, like the unfairness millions of girls encounter each day in school and community sports. Our super star … Continue reading “Giving Girls a Playbook for Gender Equity On and Off the Field”

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5 things workers should know about possible ICE arrests

Last week President Donald Trump tweeted that Immigration and Custom Enforcement, or ICE, will soon begin “the process of removing” millions of undocumented immigrants from the country. A few days ago Trump postponed this ICE operation. While the threat of possible ICE arrests remains, this is a good time for workers to prepare for possible … Continue reading “5 things workers should know about possible ICE arrests”

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Recognition and Respect

Today, more girls and women than ever before are participating in high school and college sports. Sports benefit physical and mental health, and also teach girls important life skills – team work, goal-setting, perseverance, the value of hard work. Girls who participate in high school sports do better on tests, graduate at higher rates, and … Continue reading “Recognition and Respect”

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LAAW Attorney Stacy Villalobos Comments on EEOC Investigation Backlog in Vox Article

Staff Attorney Stacy Villalobos comments on the issue of the lack of full investigations by the EEOC into workplace discrimination.  https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/6/14/18663296/congress-eeoc-workplace-discrimination

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LAAW’s Efforts to Fight Gender Discrimination in Hawaiʻi Covered by KITV

LAAW's efforts to fight against unfair treatment of girls at Campbell High School in Hawaiʻi is covered by KITV. The lawsuit alleges that Hawaiʻi's Department of Education has committed multiple violations of federal civil rights law by denying girls at Campbell the same athletic opportunities, treatment, and benefits that it provides boys—such as providing fewer teams to girls, inferior locker room space, and subpar competition facilities. The lawsuit followed approximately ten months of attempts by the ACLU of Hawai‘i to get DOE to voluntarily improve the way it treats girls, as required by federal law.
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Court Documents Reveal Hawai’i Department of Education Choosing Legal Maneuvering Over Gender Equity

HONOLULU  (June 6, 2019) – Rather than actually fix gender inequities in Hawai‘i public schools, the State Department of Education (DOE) is simply hoping to run out the clock. Documents filed yesterday in federal court by the ACLU of Hawai‘i, Legal Aid at Work, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (“Plaintiffs’ counsel”) reveal that DOE has … Continue reading “Court Documents Reveal Hawai’i Department of Education Choosing Legal Maneuvering Over Gender Equity”

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Discriminatory “Blue Discharge” Finally Reversed After 75 Years in Case Brought by Legal Aid at Work and Golden Gate Law School’s Veterans Advocacy Clinic

Nelson Henry turns 96 in a few days.  At his birthday party, he will also be able to finally celebrate receiving the “honorable” military discharge status he was wrongfully denied in 1945 because of his race. Back in 1945, the Army gave Mr. Henry a “blue discharge”—so named because it was printed on blue paper.  … Continue reading “Discriminatory “Blue Discharge” Finally Reversed After 75 Years in Case Brought by Legal Aid at Work and Golden Gate Law School’s Veterans Advocacy Clinic”

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LAAW’s Victory for 95-year-old Black WWII Veteran Wrongfully Discharged Because of His Race is Covered in the Philadelphia Inquirer

LAAW's successful efforts to upgrade our client's military discharge to "honorable" status was profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Mr. Henry had been kicked out of the Army in 1945 with a "blue discharge," which was used to deny minority service members (primarily African-Americans and Lesbian and Gay service members) their hard-earned benefits. "I’m still wondering if it’s a dream,” Henry said Tuesday in his Logan Square apartment. “I’m not sure how many more days I have left, but I may not ever get over it. It’s a great feeling.”
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LAAW’s Racial Economic Justice Work Profiled in the San Jose Mercury News

Staff attorney Stacy Villalobos's efforts to help workers obtain and retain employment regardless of criminal conviction history was profiled in the San Jose Mercury News. " Stacy . . . travels around the Bay Area holding training sessions to inform people with criminal records about their rights. When she asks in the sessions if the participants have encountered the kinds of questions the [ban the box] law was written to stop, she said, 'almost everyone in the room raises their hands.'”
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